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Flexibility, asking questions key for recent college graduates looking to advance in IT

Fred O'Connor | July 30, 2014
When Cathy Lee started working at New York startup Faith Street last year, she quickly learned a lesson that could benefit other recent college graduates who want to advance their IT careers -- soft skills like being flexible, taking on new tasks and asking questions matter a lot.

Corporate culture varies by company and new employees should "be observant and adapt your personal style to fit in. Not every company is a startup," said Knight.

And the long hours and unglamorous work of a startup may not appeal to every IT worker, said Coughlin.

"If you're the kind of person that wants all the bells and whistles then you can go work at Google and that's fine. But that's not what we do."

The latest technology eventually becomes dated so even workers just out of school need to keep their skills fresh.

"Your learning process doesn't stop just because you're out of school," said Yeh. "You really need to stay on top of what is being worked on and what you can do to contribute. It will allow you to stay valuable [as] a technology professional."


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